Can Weight Loss Cure Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is more than an annoying condition that causes snoring and lack of a restful sleep. Sleep that does not allow you to breathe in a relaxed and full way can cause the release of stress hormones that can have far reaching health consequences.

What more patients, doctors, and researchers are realizing is just how dangerous sleep apnea really is. This condition can have a profound effect on people’s overall health. It increases the chances of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and early death.

It’s vital, therefore, to figure out how to get rid of sleep apnea naturally.

Some people point to the link between a person’s weight and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). They reason that if a person loses weight and stay fit, that they will effectively treat their sleep apnea.

But is this really the case? Can weight loss cure sleep apnea?

Can weight loss cure sleep apnea? What you need to know about the OSA-Weight Connection

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Many researchers have been studying the correlation between weight and OSA. In a Harvard Health article, there were two case studies which showed how weight could be a contributing factor in developing sleep apnea.

One of the subjects of the article, Mark Yanis, developed OSA after he gained weight during a really stressful period in his life. Three years after his sleep apnea diagnosis, Mark lost 50 pounds. That weight loss reduced his symptoms.

Another Harvard Health article pointed out that just losing 10% of our body weight could have a profound effect on OSA symptoms.

So, can weight loss cure sleep apnea? Based on these articles it seems like weight loss might be the best way to get rid of sleep apnea.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the whole story.

While quite a few people who have sleep apnea are overweight, plenty obstructive sleep apnea patients do not have weight issues. As well, the stress of OSA can lead to weight gain by itself. Stress hormones increase appetite and decrease your sense of being full. If you are having trouble with weight gain, OSA may be a big factor.

It’s important to remember that obesity is a risk factor for OSA and OSA is a contributor to weight gain.

Remember: The only way you can tell if you have OSA is to be tested either at home or in a clinic. And the test HAS to be scored by a Sleep Physician.

A number of other risk factors can lead to sleep apnea. These include:

  • Over-relaxation of the throat and tongue muscles
  • The anatomical alignment of the head and neck can cause the airway to be smaller
  • Large tongue and tonsils compared with trachea size
  • And yes, being overweight can cause the windpipe to shrink due to excess fat tissue

Although obesity can be a cause, it is by no means the only one.

What are your sleep apnea treatment options?

What should you do if you have sleep apnea? Whether you have weight to lose or not, I can help reduce your OSA symptoms.

Each sleep apnea treatment I offer is something that will safely and effectively treat your condition. And they’re non-invasive. So, if your doctor has recommended surgery or the CPAP to see an improvement in your symptoms, you might want to try dental appliances first.

The oral appliances that I have made help to move both the jaw bone and the tongue forward when you sleep. Instead of relaxing into the back of the throat and obstructing your airway, oxygen will have free passage into your lungs.

The appliances fit you specifically. I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. Custom-made solutions are always the best because no two bodies are 100% alike.

It will take some diligence on your part to see results. After all, you won’t be able to get results if you don’t wear the appliances. It may take some getting used to, but put forth the effort to wear the appliances nightly and you’ll soon notice a difference.

Some other benefits of using dental OSA appliances:

  • No adverse side effects
  • Long term use
  • Can work in harmony with your weight loss goals.

How we can tell if a Sleep Dental Appliance is the solution for You

The only real way to determine if a patient has sleep apnea is to do a sleep study.

We can provide the Home Sleep Test (HST) from our office. Your sleep test will be scored by an Alberta Sleep Physician, licensed to determine your eligibility for a Dental Sleep Appliance. Once my patient has received a definitive sleep apnea diagnosis, I can move on and work to provide the proper sleep apnea treatment.

Talk to me about how to get rid of sleep apnea naturally

Losing weight is a great way to improve your overall health. And it may even help reduce or eliminate OSA symptoms.

But many people who don’t need to lose weight still suffer from sleep apnea and its adverse effects.
Whether you need to lose weight or not, I welcome you to talk to me about finding a sleep apnea treatment. We can find a natural solution that will provide you with some relief.

The methods I utilize in my downtown Calgary dentist office act as a great companion to any other healthful changes you make in your life, including weight loss.

If you deal with snoring, sleep apnea, or any other sleep condition, give me a call. Relief may very well be right around the corner.

Do you suffer from snoring or interrupted sleep? Do you wake up feeling exhausted? You may have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Contact my office to schedule a consultation so you can finally get some relief!


Dr. Curtis Westersund – dentist Calgary, sleep apnea treatment provider

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